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Migrants Manifesto for Issue-Based Electoral Contest February 2007 by Overseas Filipinos Worldwide Please feel free to forward to all Filipinos and/or.

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1 Migrants Manifesto for Issue-Based Electoral Contest February 2007 by Overseas Filipinos Worldwide Please feel free to forward to all Filipinos and/or reproduce this material OFW

2 Only in the Philippines! Here's the most sought after campaign jingle in the May 2007 elections: Boom tarat tarat, boom tarat tarat Tararat tararat, boom boom boom English translation: Boom tarat tarat, boom tarat tarat Tararat tararat, boom boom boom Yep, what you hear is what you get: catchy words but empty in substance!

3 For decades, voter fickleness and outright vote buying deliver the votes in the Philippines. No wonder we get a good number of Mickey Mouse politicians and their Mickey Mouse issues.

4 In an election where bells and whistles dominate the "democratic space," we strongly appeal for an issue- based campaign in the 2007 elections. Go through with this Powerpoint presentation and take action to join this urgent call for change. You may also go straight to the online petition to add your name: OFWMan/ Please forward to your distribution list. It's the least we can do to save a sinking Philippines. OFWMan/

5 OBJECTIVES Raise awareness amongst the political candidates and parties and the electorate Level the political playing field Harness migrants potential for development Seek solidarity of all concerned citizens Ultimately contribute towards advancing democratic governance in the Philippines Overseas Filipinos Worldwide Migrants Manifesto

6 What is the petition all about? We, the Overseas Filipinos worldwide, urge each and everyone in the coming May electoral contest to implore all political parties, emerging parties and their respective candidates to bring forth a platform based campaign so that the electorate can choose credible persons who are worthy to lead the nation. Overseas Filipinos Worldwide Migrants Manifesto

7 How to advance democratic governance in the Philippines Establish a structure or reform process that promotes participatory and accountable governance. Respect the will and voice of the people at all times Safeguard the sanctity of the ballots Overseas Filipinos Worldwide Migrants Manifesto

8 Root causes of human insecurity and threats to overall peace & development conditions of inequity, with an elite few controlling power and economic resources; abject poverty; poor governance; injustice, abuse of authority and violations of human rights; and marginalization of minority groups. And yet, squandering of billions of pesos from legitimate and illegitimate sources had been a common scenario in a personality and patronage based electoral contest in the Philippines. Overseas Filipinos Worldwide Migrants Manifesto

9 Changing the bad electoral practice The proposed platform based campaign is envisioned to change this bad practice. To sustain poverty reduction: there must be equitable growth; and poor people must have political power – i.e. with a real voice and space. The powerful and/or the eliteswhether political leaders, corporations or other influential actors must be held accountable for their: actions; success or failure in their individual or party platform of promised good governance. Overseas Filipinos Worldwide Migrants Manifesto

10 What is the challenge? Who are being challenged? We challenge those who want to become legitimate servants and leaders to articulate a concrete and doable developmental plan aimed at the Filipino migrant workers around the world. We pledge to support legitimate servants of the people running for any public position that aggressively promote the interest of our sector. Overseas Filipinos Worldwide Migrants Manifesto

11 Priority list of issues (1 of 2) 1) Institute meaningful comprehensive electoral reforms starting with the removal of the residency requirement in the Absentee Voting Law. Introduce laws that will create a transparent campaign expenditures and verifiable financial source imposing a limit to individual, group, and corporate campaign donations. 2) Create an office with a Cabinet status such as the Ministry of Migration and Development that will truly work for the interests of migrant workers. This office must be led by a Minister. Set up an advisory board composed of qualified, dedicated, and credible Overseas Filipinos to advice the Ministry. For more information on the above, visit Overseas Filipinos Worldwide Migrants Manifesto

12 Priority list of issues (2 of 2) 3) Promote good governance, honesty, and accountability of our government servants from the highest to lowest position. The virtue of servant- leadership must be practiced. 4) Promote the welfare of our women, elderly and children. 5) Access to a better education for all. For more information on the above, visit Overseas Filipinos Worldwide Migrants Manifesto

13 How can you help? (1 of 2) 1. Please sign the Online Petition at if you are convinced of the Migrants Manifesto. t 2. Forward the Online petition, Powerpoint Presentation and the OFW Blogspot at to your concerned friends, colleagues and extensive networks across the globe. 3. Please send your comments and/or suggestions to to ensure a continuous enrichment process, Overseas Filipinos Worldwide

14 Migrants Manifesto How can you help? (2 of 2) We further urge: government groups media facilities civil society church organizations, and other responsible citizens to organize and support pre-election public forums, etc. requiring candidates or party representatives to debate and publicly present their platforms on where they stand regarding these migrant issues. Lets enable the citizenry, including eligible overseas voters and members of their families in the Philippines to make informed decisions. Lets ensure that only those candidates with clear and sincere intentions of promoting the welfare of the migrant sector, their families, and millions of poor people in our country are elected to public office! Overseas Filipinos Worldwide

15 Migrants Manifesto Thank you for your attention! We are counting on your support! Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa? Kung hindi tayo, sino pa? With already 10% of the countrys 80 million citizens supporting families back home, there is both an opportunity and a challenge for migrants and overseas workers to effectively exercise this political clout towards influencing public policy back home and ultimately in shaping the national development agenda. Last year, remittances reached US$ 14 billion based on official records. This is is equivalent to almost 15% of GDP and supports at least 16 to 20 million families. This could fuel economic growth and fight poverty if properly harnessed. For this reason, we are compelled to exercise our right to say: to seek solidarity of all concerned citizens to support our advocacy. Maraming salamat po! Overseas Filipinos Worldwide


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